Madhya Pradesh Town On High Alert Over ‘Serial Killer Stoneman’ – NDTV

A sketch of the suspect has been released by the police.


A town in Madhya Pradesh is on high alert as ‘Stoneman’, an alleged serial killer who strikes only in the dead of night, is on the loose.

Four cases, including three in the last three nights, with identical pattern of attack have been reported from Sagar district. All of them died, their heads smashed with a hammer, spade or stones.

On Tuesday morning, locals found 60-year-old Shamburam Dubey, a security guard at Sagar’s Arts and Commerce College, murdered near the canteen. He was killed in his sleep. The forensic team found a bloodied stone near his body.

A mobile phone was also found near Dubey’s body. The SIM card was missing but a quick check revealed it belonged to 57-year-old Kalyan Lodhi, another security guard who had been hammered to death the previous night at a factory.

Another victim, Mangal Ahirwar, was attacked on Tuesday night. He was referred to a Bhopal hospital with severe skull injuries. He died on the way. He was targeted while he was on duty near Moti Nagar area of Sagar.

Earlier in May, Uttam Rajak, who worked as a watchman at an over-bridge construction site on Makronia Banda Road was found murdered. The killer kept a shoe on his battered face.

None of the victims were looted.

As per sources, the accused was spotted in a CCTV footage wearing a white shirt and shorts.

The Madhya Pradesh police has constituted multiple teams to track the accused and announced Rs 20,000 bounty on his arrest.

A sketch of the suspect has also been released based on the information provided by the serial killer’s latest victim and the CCTV grabs retrieved from the spots of the murders.

“The police are working on dual strategies, including how to protect people and secondly how to track and nab the killer. Special teams have been constituted and CSP-Sagar is heading the entire probe,” said Sagar district police superintendent Tarun Nayak.

“A police team raided a jungle late last night on information about a suspect. We appeal all those with CCTV cameras to check the footage of the last few days and share with us anything incriminating. The identities of the informants won’t be disclosed,” he added.

Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra said, “Entire Sagar district police is on high alert, night patrolling has been intensified further in Sagar and the security guards on night duty at various spots have been put on maximum alert. From the CCTV grabs analysed so far, a man is seen running. The ongoing probe suggests that it may be one man who is committing this killings, but till the time the killer is nabbed, commenting further will create confusion.”

INS Vikrant: PM Modi commissions largest ship ever built in India’s maritime history – India TV News

INS Vikrant: Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India’s first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Friday, that put India into a select league of countries with domestic capability to build such large war ships. The Prime Minister commissioned the carrier, built at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore, at a function organised at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. With the commissioning of Vikrant, India joined a select group of nations having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier. PM Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the induction of INS Vikrant, named after its predecessor that played a crucial role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, into the Navy. The carrier is equipped with state-of-the-art features. During the event, PM also unveiled the new Naval Ensign (Nishaan), doing away with the colonial past. The new insignia represents the rich Indian maritime heritage. 

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Padma Shri Winner, Unwell, Allegedly Forced To Dance Inside Hospital – NDTV

Kamala Pujari was admitted to a hospital in Cuttack with kidney problems.


A social worker allegedly forced a Padma Shri awardee to dance inside a hospital while she was admitted there in Odisha’s Cuttack. Kamala Pujari, 71, had been admitted to the hospital to treat a kidney ailment.

Odisha’s Paraja tribal community, to which the Padma Shri awardee belongs, has sought action against the social worker for making Ms Pujari dance in the intensive care unit, or ICU, of the government hospital.

A video of the senior citizen dancing in the hospital was shared widely on social media. PTI could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage.

The social worker, Mamata Behera, was also seen dancing with Ms Pujari before she was discharged from the hospital on Monday.

“I never wanted to dance but was forced to do it. I repeatedly denied, but she (Mamata Behera) did not listen. I was sick and got tired,” Ms Pujari told reporters in her home district Koraput.

The tribal community association chief Harish Muduli said they will protest on the streets if the state government did not act against the social worker.

Ms Pujari received the Padma Shri in 2019 for promoting organic farming and preserving over 100 varieties of indigenous seeds.

She was admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had wished her a speedy recovery.

The hospital authorities said Ms Pujari was admitted to a special cabin and not the ICU.

“The woman who allegedly made Pujari dance used to visit her at the special cabin,” hospital registrar (administration) Dr Abinash Rout said.

Ms Pujari’s attendant Rajeeb Hial said she does not know Ms Behera, who on social media is seen in selfies with the Padma Shri awardee.

Ms Behera said she had no bad intention behind the act, and only wanted to “shun Pujari’s laziness”.

The Paraja community comes under Scheduled Tribes, comprising 4 per cent of Odisha’s tribal population.

‘Rohit Sharma Will Lose His Captaincy’: Prolific Pakistan Batter Analyses India Captain’s ‘Weak’ Body Langu – News18

Former Pakistan skipper and one of the best modern-day batters Mohammad Hafeez has made a strange remark on Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. Moments after India’s 40-run win over Hong Kong, Hafeez, who was doing analysis work for PTV, cited his body language and called it ‘weak.’

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He also went onto predict that Rohit will no longer remain captain for a long time as he is not enjoying himself.

India were not at their best but Suryakumar Yadav was, his 26-ball 68 paving the way for the defending champions’ 40-run victory over Hong Kong and entry into the Super 4 of the Asia Cup here on Wednesday. Suryakumar’s scintillating knock lifted a sedate India to 192 for two, the Mumbaikar easily overshadowing Virat Kohli’s fluent half-century after Hong Kong opted to bowl first.

Hong Kong were off to a good start with the bat, but the 193-run target proved to be too much for them, ending at 152 for five in the stipulated 20 overs.


“Look at his expression. This is Rohit Sharma’s expression after the game got finished. And they have won by 40 runs. His body language was weak when he came out to toss. I thought he was scared and confused. I can’t see Rohit Sharma whom I know. That Rohit Sharma who has played blinder of knocks,” said the 41-year-old ‘Professor.’

Hafeez played a crucial role in Pakistan middle order for years since his debut in 2003. The prolific right-hander has accounted for more then nine thousand runs in white ball cricket.

“I think the captaincy is a burden on him and his from has dwindled as well. His IPL was bad. And since then his return to international cricket was not that good. And he is saying a lot of things like ‘we will play positive cricket’ and this and that. But that is not reflected in his own body language,” he can be heard saying in a video clip shared by the Pak cricketer.

“It is easy to talk but it is hard to do it. And this is not my prediction, I think that it will be hard to continue captaincy for Rohit Sharma. I have always seen him enjoy, but right now he is not expressing himself. He looks lost and he has too much pressure on him. I feel sorry for him.”

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Older Apple iPhones, iPads Getting Urgent Security Update: Get It Now – News18

Apple has a clear policy when it comes to supporting older devices and their software. But every now and then we have seen the company tweaking its policies when necessary. Once again, the brand has issued a security fix via a software update for devices that are no longer officially supported.

The new Apple iOS 12.5.6 version is rolling out this week, and if any of you still have the older iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 series, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 or even the 6th-gen iPod Touch, we suggest you update these devices right away.

The build number of the new update from Apple is 16H71 and as per the company, it fixes the vulnerability in WebKit which can result in arbitrary code execution, allowing them to access your device and control it as well.

Apple has assured that it knows about the issue, but the worrying part is that the report suggests this issue may have already been exploited by attackers. This admission itself means that users with the aforementioned devices running the iOS 12 version should update to the latest firmware at the earliest.

The update carries a download size of 275MB which doesn’t sound like a lot, but should fix the loophole in WebKit. As you know the drill, go to the iPhone/iPad Settings – General – Software Update – and get this important update right away.

It is rare that Apple does provide updates for such devices, and we are hoping that any possible exploit of the issue doesn’t make it worse for these users. Apple has lauded its effort to migrate existing users to the latest version in a couple of months after its launch, so this development clearly suggests that even Apple has some users still running on the dated versions.

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Starbucks names Indian-origin Laxman Narasimhan as new CEO. 5 things to know – Hindustan Times

Updated on Sep 02, 2022 11:32 AM IST

Coffee giant Starbucks has named Indian-origin Laxman Narasimhan as its new Chief Executive Officer who will replace Howard Schultz.

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Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Coffee giant Starbucks on Thursday named Indian-origin Laxman Narasimhan as its new Chief Executive Officer who will replace Howard Schultz. Narasimhan will be joining the company on October 1. Schultz will continue as interim chief until April 2023, after which he will continue as a member of the Starbucks Board of Directors.

Independent Starbucks Board of Director’s chair Mellody Hobson in a statement called Laxman Narasimhan an “inspiring leader”. “His deep, hands-on experience driving strategic transformations at global consumer-facing businesses makes him the ideal choice to accelerate Starbucks’ growth and capture the opportunities ahead of us,” she added.

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Present CEO Howard Schultz said, “When I learned about Laxman’s desire to relocate, it became apparent that he is the right leader to take Starbucks into its next chapter. He is uniquely positioned to shape this work and lead the company forward with his partner-centered approach and demonstrated track record of building capabilities and driving growth in both mature and emerging markets,” as quoted by Starbucks.

According to the company, Narasimhan will relocate from London to the Seattle area and join Starbucks as the incoming CEO on October 1.

About Laxman Narasimhan

– Laxman Narasimhan joined Reckitt in September 2019 and was the first external candidate to take the helm at the company since it was launched in 1999.

– The 55-year-old has held several leadership roles at PepsiCo, including as global chief commercial officer.

– He also served as the CEO of the company’s Latin America, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa operations, and previously as the CEO of PepsiCo Latin America, and the CFO of PepsiCo Americas Foods.

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– Before this, Narasimhan was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. He is also a trustee of the Brookings Institution.

– The Indian-origin man has also served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Build Back Better Council and is a member of Verizon’s Board of Directors.


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Researchers explore proteins’ hydration as potential marker for early detection of neuro-degenerative diseases – BSI bureau

Scientists at the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences explore how the hydration of proteins, gets altered as liquid-liquid phase separation sets in

Scientists at the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have explored how the hydration of proteins, gets altered as liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) sets in. The researchers have spotted the crucial role of water in LLPS which holds the key to neuro-degenerative diseases. They found that some excipients or inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug or other active substance like sucrose can stabilise LLPS while some can inhibit it. Thus aggregation process of these diseases could be modulated by altering water network dynamics using these excipients. 

In a paper published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett the scientists, under the leadership of Prof Rajib Kumar Mitra, examined four excipients — arginine, glucose, ubiquitin, and bovine serum albumin. Some excipients like sucrose were found to stabilise the LLPS process while Bovine Serum Albumen (BSA) was found to inhibit the process. 

Their experiments have identified that both protein and excipient hydration is important in regulating the LLPS process. Monitoring a change in hydration could therefore act as a potential marker for early and easy detection of LLPS onset.

SBI Slashes This Year’s Growth Forecast To Below 7%, Reflecting Gloomy Outlook – NDTV Profit

SBI slashes FY23 growth forecast to 6.8% on way-below Q1 numbers


Chief economist at State Bank of India has revised downward the full-year growth forecast to a low 6.8 per cent from 7.5 per cent earlier for FY2023, citing “the way below GDP numbers for the first quarter”.

The National Statistical Office on Wednesday released the Q1 growth numbers which showed a consensus growth of 13.5 per cent, pulled down by the poor show of the manufacturing sector, which reported a paltry 4.8 per cent expansion in the first three months of FY23, negating the robust show by the services sector.

Consensus forecast was 15-16.7 per cent of which the RBI made the highest forecast of 16.7 per cent.

SBI group chief economic adviser Soumya Kanti Ghosh had also forecast a 15.7 per cent growth for the first quarter.

The economy from the gross value added (GVA) also fared much lower than forecast, logging in only 12.7 per cent.

At 13.5 per cent, real GDP growth has declined by 9.6 per cent sequentially, but the seasonally adjusted real GDP growth series shows pick-up in economic momentum, with higher growth at 5.6 per cent sequentially in Q1 compared to -4.1 per cent in Q1FY22 and 1.9 percent in Q4FY22, Ghosh, said in a note on Thursday.

The headline GDP numbers hide more things than these reveal and it’s time to seriously introspect on the measurement of IIP and CPI baskets which were last revised in 2012, he said.

Though the GDP grew in double-digits but still it came way below the market expectations and the primary culprit is growth in manufacturing sector which grew by a measly 4.8 per cent in Q1, Ghosh said, and pencilled in sharply lower fully year growth at 6.8 per cent.

Giving a break-up of the rest of the quarters, he expects Q2 to print in at 6.9 per cent, Q3 at 4.1 per cent and the final quarter to log in a low 4 per cent taking the full year number to be 6.8 per cent.

“We are now revising our annual GDP growth for FY23 to 6.8 per cent, mostly due to a statistical adjustments, but said growth momentum likely to show an increasing momentum in second half,” Ghosh said.

He had earlier projected Q1 growth of 15.7 percent.

What is more disappointing is that nominal GDP growth came in 26.7 per cent from 32.4 per cent in Q1 FY22 and 14.9 per cent in Q4FY22, led by private final consumption expenditure increasing in overall growth.

Private final consumption expenditure in real terms improved to 10 per cent, which is above the pre-pandemic level.

The gap between nominal GDP growth and real GDP growth has increased between Q2FY20 and Q1FY22 owing to higher inflation. It moderated in Q2 and Q3FY22 but increased again in the last two quarters.

The growth in deflator has increased modestly to 11.6 percent in Q1FY23 from 10.4 percent in Q4FY22.

Growth in GDP deflator for agriculture has increased further to 12.4 percent compared to 10.7 percent in Q4FY22, indicating the persistent impact of higher food prices, while industry growth deflator has increased mainly on account of mining and quarrying and electricity, gas, water supply & other utility services; and the services deflator has declined only in case of public administration, defence and other services.

He said there is a serious need for reestimating manufacturing sector growth needs in the sense that IIP is still indexed at 2012 base. The CPI basket has also not changed since 2012 and this has also possibly resulted in overstating CPI inflation at multiple times.

Citing the example of manufacturing exports, he pointed out that till pre-pandemic, IIP and manufacturing exports moved in close tandem, but they completely diverged post-pandemic.

This is because, lot of incentives were announced under the PLI scheme, which led to an exponential jump in manufacturing exports. However, he notes that on the expenditure side the picture has improved considerably as private consumption has improved on the back of good urban demand with growth of 25.9 per cent.

Urban demand is getting support from contact-intensive services while rural demand has not responded to agriculture output growth. Similarly, gross fixed capital formation grew 20.1 per cent.

He also said the much lower Q1 growth also compounds RBI’s job, with rate hike trajectory in next two MPC meets trying to find a neutral ground amidst growth and inflation.

On the external front the outlook is tilted towards the negative side with real exports growing only 14.7 percent as against imports growth of 37.2 percent. Sharp jump in imports and the rupee fall have taken down the net real exports to low 8.1 percent of GDP.

Virgo Daily Horoscope for September 2 , 2022: Be watchful with your finances – Hindustan Times

Published on Sep 02, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Dear Virgo, your daily astrological predictions for September 2, 2022 suggests, if you going through some miscommunication in the family, then you can resolve it amicably during this time.

Virgo Daily Horoscope for September 2, 2022:Today, your mind and body are likely to be in perfect accord and you feel invigorated.
By, Dr Prem Kumar Sharma

VIRGO (Aug 24-Sept 23)Today Virgos may experience a breath of fresh air in their life. Some of you could attain a position of authority in your workplace. You will receive the complete support of your colleagues and your seniors will remain impressed with your pace of work. Virgo businesspersons are likely to be active and enthusiastic in financial matters as the profits remain on the higher side. If you going through some miscommunication in the family, then you can resolve it amicably during this time. Today, your mind and body are likely to be in perfect accord and you feel invigorated. Try out some stretching exercises to strengthen your muscles. This is an exceptional time for Virgo students, especially those aspiring to pursue research. A visit to new places where you have never gone before is on the card. Those searching for suitable accommodation will need to widen their circle of search.

Virgo Finance Today This is a good time to expand your existing business and increase your reach and visibility. In money matters, Virgo natives will have several things to do to achieve desired gains. Money will flow in from various sources, but avoid carelessly spending it.

Virgo Family Today Engaging yourself in charitable work at the cost of family life would fail to bring happiness. Your continuous negligence to family life could make members restless, withdrawn, tense and irritable. Avoid being harsh to young ones in the family.

Virgo Career Today On the professional front, Virgo natives need to use their excellent verbal and written communication skills to their benefit. A senior comes to your rescue and their guidance is likely to lead you to the right path today. A promotion brings you higher responsibility along with better benefits and gains.

Virgo Health Today You can make your life grander by taking care of yourself. Some Virgos may succeed in being consistent in their discipline and diet. If you’ve never danced, it’s a great way to enjoy yourself and keep fit; embrace the opportunity coming your way.

Virgo Love Life Today Married life will remain harmonious and your relationship with your spouse will become stronger. Virgo natives succeed in developing trust and understanding in romance by enjoying the company of a partner. If you are single, you can reach out to someone you are interested in.

Lucky Number: 4

Lucky Colour: Electric Grey

By: Manisha Koushik, Dr Prem Kumar Sharma

(Astrologer, Palmist, Numerologist & Vastu Consultant)



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